Today, someone on a Christian television show said in order to pray for a person, you must know the details of their prayer request. I disagree. People often submit unspoken prayer requests for good reasons.
Our job is to pray according to God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to do the rest.
You see, we are human and can often fall short in prayer because we do not know how to pray the way we ought. During those times, the Holy Spirit steps in (and steps up) to intercede for us with groanings that cannot be uttered.
So, prayer is about us standing in the gap; not about us
“knowing” or judging. That’s why I believe you can pray effectively without knowing every intricate detail of a person’s life.
In fact, I don’t think people should ever feel pressured to share their
personal concerns in order to receive prayer.
Plus, everyone does not have the spiritual maturity to keep secrets. Others can’t refrain from personal judgment so I think it’s best to NOT always know details. After all, why do I need to know anyway?
Now, if people volunteer information, that’s different. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m discussing the need to inquire…to ask.
As I eluded before, some people want to know specific prayer requests simply because they are…well… nosy.
Others operate in the need to control and be “in the know” – both can be issues of pride.
Christian Woman, once we realize that God does not “need” us to bring deliverance; the more effective we can be in ministry, prayer, and relationships.
In fact, oftentimes, after I pray for a person, they say I accurately prayed for their situation WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING what it was! What a blessing! It’s a blessing because when that happens, the Holy Spirit gets ALL the glory. Why? Because I had no clue! I just prayed for them.
It was hard praying for unspoken prayer requests in the beginning.
We don’t even know what to pray for anyway.
Years ago, if someone asked me to pray, I would often respond with, “I sure will, what’s going on?”
Then, the Lord began to lead me to begin praying for people without asking any questions whatsoever.
Initially, it was like walking in a strange room blindfolded. Praying without knowing was a journey in faith for real.
Nevertheless, it trained me to pray God’s Word and not to pray according to my feelings or emotions.
You see, emotion doesn’t move the hand of God at all; but, standing on His promises can. He is always true to His Word. Always!
How do I pray for people with unspoken prayer requests?
I pray for every area of their lives. Let me give you an example. I pray for their physical body. I pray for strength, health, and protection. I also pray for their homes, families, and social circles. I pray God will surround them with Godly people and Godly friendships will come their way.
I also pray for their efforts. I mean their jobs, their creativity, and their work. I pray they have favor with those they come in contact with and that people would see God in their day-to-day lives.
I also pray for provision. I pray God will meet all their needs and supply anything lacking in their life.
Finally, I pray for their mental health. I pray they will enjoy the peace of the Holy Spirit and not be bound by any spiritual bondages such as bondage, depression, or stress.
That’s what I do.
That’s how I pray for unspoken prayer requests. Look, I’m no perfect person. This is just how God leads me. I hope it blesses you! Feel free to share your thoughts below!